Hospitality

  • October 26, 2021

    Timeshare Co. Settles Part Of False Ad Suit With 'Exit' Firms

    Timeshare company Bluegreen Vacation said Tuesday that it inked a confidential settlement with certain timeshare exit companies that resolves claims that the companies are falsely advertising their services to help release consumers from their binding timeshare contracts in a "timeshare exit scheme."

  • October 26, 2021

    Fla. Restaurant To Pay $690K To Settle EEOC Sex Bias Suit

    A Florida restaurant has agreed to pay $690,000 to settle U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claims in federal court that a supervisor subjected female employees to unwelcome conduct and sexual comments, also consenting to the implementation of tougher anti-sexual harassment policies.

  • October 26, 2021

    McDonald's, Franchise Worker In St. Louis End Sex Bias Suit

    McDonald's and a worker who said she was assaulted and sexually harassed while on the job at a franchisee signaled to a Missouri federal judge on Tuesday that the parties have resolved the dispute.

  • October 26, 2021

    Insurance MDL Over Ski Pass Coverage Permanently Tossed

    United Specialty Insurance Co. doesn't owe coverage to skiers unable to use passes at a resort because of the coronavirus pandemic, a California federal court said Tuesday, finding that coverage for quarantines doesn't extend to government pandemic restrictions.

  • October 26, 2021

    Ex-Worker Slams Airport Shops' Bid To Toss Data Breach Row

    An ex-employee suing a company that runs hundreds of newsstands, shops and restaurants in airports has asked a Georgia federal judge not to throw out his suit over a ransomware attack that exposed his and others' personal information to hackers, saying the stolen data can be used for identity theft.

  • October 26, 2021

    Valve Gets Consumers, Not Game Developer, Into Arbitration

    Consumers pursuing antitrust claims against online gaming giant Valve must submit to arbitration they agreed to when they began playing, a federal judge in Washington state ordered Monday, but the judge allowed claims from game developer Wolfire to proceed in court.

  • October 26, 2021

    4 Firms Guide $968M Sale Of Canadian Foods Businesses

    Canadian business conglomerate George Weston Ltd. said Tuesday it's selling its fresh and frozen bakery businesses to baked goods company FGF Brands Inc. for CA$1.2 billion (about $968 million) in a deal guided by four law firms, including Mayer Brown LLP and Stikeman Elliott LLP.

  • October 26, 2021

    DOI To Reconsider Cayuga Nation's Land-Into-Trust Bid

    A D.C. federal judge has paused a lawsuit the Cayuga Nation filed against the federal government over delaying and then denying the tribe's application to have land taken into trust for a bingo hall and other businesses.

  • October 26, 2021

    5th Circ. Told To Stand By Nixing Of Texas Latex Dancer Fee

    The Fifth Circuit should reject a rehearing bid filed by the Texas comptroller to reconsider its finding that a rule imposing a fee on clubs whose dancers cover themselves with liquid latex was unconstitutional, an adult entertainment business association said.

  • October 26, 2021

    Hartford Tells 2nd Circ. To Nix Hospitality Co.'s COVID-19 Suit

    A Hartford unit asked the Second Circuit to reaffirm a trial court's dismissal of a New York hospitality group's COVID-19 coverage lawsuit, noting that its fellow federal appeals courts have so far sided with insurers in such cases.

  • October 26, 2021

    Spas Urge 3rd Circ. To Revive Virus Coverage Denial Suit

    A group of spas in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware asked the Third Circuit to weigh in on whether Travelers Property Casualty Co. should cover business expenses they incurred during pandemic shutdowns, arguing that the narrow relief they sought isn't barred by their policy's "virus exclusion."

  • October 26, 2021

    Mexican Hotel Operator Posadas Hits Ch. 11 In New York

    Grupo Posadas SAB de CV, the Mexican hotel operator behind brands such as Fiesta Inn, Grand Fiesta Americana, One Hotels and Live Aqua, filed for Chapter 11 protection in New York bankruptcy court Tuesday with a prepackaged plan that would let the hotel chain continue to operate after restructuring most of its debt.

  • October 26, 2021

    DraftKings Abandons $20B-Plus Pursuit Of UK Betting Peer

    Boston-based fantasy sports and gambling giant DraftKings Inc. said Tuesday it is abandoning its more than $20 billion pursuit of Entain PLC, the parent of U.K. gambling peer Ladbrokes, and will instead focus on fortifying its business in North America.

  • October 25, 2021

    Walmart, Hotel Hit With Ill. Suits Over Workers' Finger Scans

    Walmart and the operators of a Marriott hotel are the latest to be hit with proposed class actions accusing them of unlawfully collecting and disclosing their Illinois employees' fingerprints for time-tracking purposes, as Illinois' appellate courts separately work to resolve vital questions over the scope of the state's unique biometric privacy law. 

  • October 25, 2021

    Insurer Tells 9th Circ. Recent Ruling Bars Eateries' COVID Suit

    Affiliated FM Insurance Co. told the Ninth Circuit that an Outback Steakhouse franchisee's COVID-19 coverage suit is barred by the court's recent holding that another retailer did not suffer covered physical loss or damage when it lost access to its property because of shutdown orders.

  • October 25, 2021

    9th Circ. Upholds Dismissal Of Miwok Tribal Land Suit

    The Ninth Circuit has affirmed a lower court's dismissal of a suit asserting title to California land where the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians operates its casino, saying a plaintiff claiming to lead the Miwok people had raised a political issue that the court couldn't handle.

  • October 25, 2021

    Chef Hits Mass. Japanese Steakhouse Chain With Wage Suit

    The owners of several Boston-area hibachi restaurants failed to pay minimum wage or overtime, according to a chef's proposed class and collective action filed in Massachusetts federal court on Friday.

  • October 25, 2021

    Yocha Dehe Tribe Backs DOI In Scotts Valley Casino Land Suit

    The Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation has backed the federal government's bid to toss another tribe's suit over its rejected casino plan, agreeing that the rival tribe doesn't have a sufficient historical connection to a 128-acre land parcel where it hopes to build its gambling venue.

  • October 25, 2021

    DC Circ. Nixes Missionaries' $39.5M Claim Against DR

    The D.C. Circuit found that two missionaries waited too long to revive a $39.5 million claim against the Dominican Republic for denying them permission to expand a gated luxury development called "God's Hammock," and then wasted ink complaining to the court about filing deadlines.

  • October 25, 2021

    Shutts & Bowen Adds Ex-Florida AG Bureau Chief In Orlando

    Florida firm Shutts & Bowen LLP has added the former bureau chief at the Florida Attorney General's Office's consumer protection division as an Orlando-based hospitality and business litigation partner, the firm announced Monday.

  • October 25, 2021

    Mirae Lands $450M CMBS Loan From Deutsche, Goldman

    Mirae Asset Global Investments has landed $450 million in commercial mortgage-backed securities refinancing for a Hyatt hotel in Honolulu from Deutsche Bank and Goldman Sachs, according to an announcement on Monday from borrower-side broker Jones Lang LaSalle.

  • October 25, 2021

    Ga. Domino's Franchisee To Settle Drivers' Expense Suit

    A Georgia Domino's Pizza franchisee told a federal court that he plans to settle a suit with drivers who won class certification for their vehicle expense reimbursements.

  • October 22, 2021

    Cherokee Nation Back In Running for Arkansas Casino

    The Arkansas Supreme Court has ruled that only seated officials can support an application for a casino license, opening a possibility for the Cherokee Nation to bid again for a $225 million project that was snatched away by a state court last year.

  • October 22, 2021

    Feds Ask For 10 Years For Brit Involved In Bar Works Fraud

    Federal prosecutors asked a New York federal judge to sentence a convicted British fraudster to at least 10 years in prison and pay $57 million in restitution for his role in a $50 million scheme to bolster the Bar Works startup.

  • October 22, 2021

    Cruise Co. Wants Atty DQ'd From Personal Injury Suit

    Norwegian Cruise Line wants a Miami federal judge to eject law firm Gerson & Schwartz PA from representing a passenger who is suing for an alleged injury suffered aboard one of its ships, because an attorney who once defended the cruise company in this case left to work at the plaintiff's firm for "nine days."

Expert Analysis

  • Series

    Confronting Origination Credit: Why GCs Need To Speak Up

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    In order to promote diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, in-house counsel should leverage their influence by talking to their outside firms about fair origination credit allocation, because many law firm compensation systems are still shrouded in mystery, and underrepresented attorneys often face entrenched inequities, says Michelle Banks at BarkerGilmore.

  • Resolving When Fla. Consumer Statute Gives Cos. Standing

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    Courts in Florida have struggled over whether a business has standing to bring a claim under the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act when consumers suffer harm — but there is an argument that has not yet been considered that could resolve the question, say Aaron Weiss and Michael Zilber at Carlton Fields.

  • Financial Planning Tips For Retiring Law Firm Partners

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    As the pandemic accelerates retirement plans for many, Michael Delgass at Wealthspire Advisors outlines some financial considerations unique to law firm partners, including the need for adequate liquidity whether they have capital accounts or pension plans.

  • Preparing Remote Deposition Defenses For Corporate Entities

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    As remote depositions will remain common for the foreseeable future, attorneys defending a deposition notice or subpoena to a corporation should implement certain strategies to mitigate unique challenges, such as less planning time and increased difficulty of establishing rapport with witnesses, say attorneys at Sidley.

  • Perspectives

    Why Law Schools Should Require Justice Reform Curriculum

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    Criminal defense attorney Donna Mulvihill Fehrmann argues that law schools have an obligation to address widespread racial and economic disparities in the U.S. legal system by mandating first-year coursework on criminal justice reform that educates on prosecutorial misconduct, wrongful convictions, defense 101 and more.

  • Girardi Scandal Provides Important Ethics Lessons

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    The litigation and media maelstrom following allegations that famed plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi and his law firm misappropriated clients' funds provides myriad ethics and professional responsibility lessons for practitioners, especially with regard to misconduct reporting and liability insurance, says Elizabeth Tuttle Newman at Frankfurt Kurnit.

  • Opinion

    No Signs Of Turning, Tide Of Insurer COVID Wins Persists

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    The trend of COVID-19 business interruption decisions favoring insurers continues to hold strong — any commentary to the contrary is striking a narrative that is not borne out by reality, say attorneys at Dentons.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Jabil GC Talks Compliance Preparation

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    Tried-and-true compliance lessons from recent decades can be applied to companies’ environmental, social and governance efforts, especially with regard to employee training and consistent application of policies — two factors that can create a foundation for ESG criteria to flourish, says Robert Katz at Jabil.

  • Opinion

    Bankruptcy Venue Reform Bill Needs Amending

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    The Bankruptcy Venue Reform Act, currently pending in Congress, goes too far in limiting Chapter 11 filings to jurisdictions where a debtor's principal assets or headquarters are located; we propose a more targeted solution that considers the current reality of complex corporate structures, say Kenneth Rosen and Philip Gross at Lowenstein Sandler.

  • 3 Ways CLOs Can Drive ESG Efforts

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    Chief legal officers are specially trained to see the legal industry's flaws, and they can leverage that perspective to push their companies toward effective environmental, social and governance engagement, says Mark Chandler at Stanford Law School.

  • How Law Firms Can Rethink Offices In A Post-Pandemic World

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    Based on their own firm's experiences, Kami Quinn and Adam Farra at Gilbert discuss strategies and unique legal industry considerations for law firms planning hybrid models of remote and in-office work in a post-COVID marketplace.

  • 5th Circ. Ruling Aids Policyholder Deductible Calculations

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    In its recent McDonnel Group v. Starr Surplus Lines Insurance decision, the Fifth Circuit held that the policy's flood deductible language was ambiguous, providing a win for policyholders and a helpful mathematical interpretation for insureds with similar deductible language in their property insurance policies, says Tae Andrews at Miller Friel.

  • COVID-19 Offers Cautionary Tales On Hospitality Contracts

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    Hotel owners should look closely at the agreements that govern hotel investment and operation to learn lessons from the pandemic and to protect against such vulnerability in the future with force majeure clauses and other provisions, say Anthony Cavanaugh and Jiah Park at Miles & Stockbridge.

  • Series

    Embracing ESG: Baker Hughes CLO Talks Sustainability Team

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    For businesses focused on addressing environmental, social and governance considerations, a legal team that can coordinate sustainability efforts across the company can help to manage risk and compliance issues, anticipate and prepare for change, and identify new opportunities, says Regina Jones at Baker Hughes.

  • What Mainstreaming Of Litigation Finance Means For Industry

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    The rush of new capital and investors into the litigation funding space is expected to bring heightened competition on price and other key deal terms, but litigants will need to be more in tune with individual financiers' proclivities, says William Weisman at Therium Capital Management.

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